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Cambridge researchers can now publish open access with no charge in journals that are part of "read & publish" or "transformative" agreements.

The University has open access publishing agreements with over 8,000 journals covered by a "read & publish" deal. 

The University of Cambridge has signed agreements with many publishers to enable researchers at the University to publish their primary research and review articles open access. Authors submitting articles for publication in journals in these agreements will not be charged fees. Costs for open access publishing in the agreements have been met centrally, arranged by the University Library directly with the publisher or via Jisc, the licence negotiator for UK higher education. The agreements are known as “transitional" or "read & publish" agreements as they contribute to the global open access strategy, triggered in large part by cOAlitionS, to transition academic journals to open access.

Specifically, the agreements constitute the third route (“transition of subscription venues”) to compliance with Plan S, the plan of the coalition of research funders to ensure research funded by public money is published open access.  As the name indicates, it is required that hybrid journals (publishing articles both behind paywalls and open access in the agreements) will transition to fully open access journals by 2024. As the OA2020 vision puts it, the agreements are ultimately serving to replace the “subscription business model with new models that ensure outputs are open and re-usable”. The aim is to achieve, by 2024, 100% open access publishing for all UK higher education authors opting to publish in journals in the agreements.

The following section provide details about each of these "read & publish" agreements, including a link for each to a list of the journals included for open access publishing.

To see all the journals included in all the agreements, you can use the read & publish journals list. You can use this tool to search for a journal title, or to browse the journals included by title, e-ISSN, or by publisher.  A link to the home page of each journal is also provided. The read & publish journals list is updated when a new "read & publish" agreement is signed to include that agreement’s journals for open access publishing, as well as whenever a journal is “flipped” from subscription to hybrid or gold open access and is newly included for open access publishing in an existing agreement. Journals may be removed from the list, for example, if they cease to be published or if they are sold to another publisher. 

Please note that to be eligible, papers must have a corresponding author that is affiliated with the University of Cambridge at the time that the paper is considered for approval. Most of the deals are restricted to full research and review papers. All articles submitted in the agreements are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) licence by default. Exception may be made by notification to the publisher in the article submission process if you need to publish with a different licence.

Current "read & publish" agreements

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

The University has signed a transformative agreement with ACM to enable unlimited open access publishing in all of its journals, magazines and conferences for papers with a University of Cambridge corresponding author. This deal covers research articles and conference proceedings. This deal is in place from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2021.

 

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Please note that this deal is currently paused while the publisher and JISC resolve an outstanding UK-wide issue.

The University has signed a transformative agreement with AIP to enable open access publishing in their hybrid journals for papers with a University of Cambridge corresponding author. This deal covers research articles accepted from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023. Authors are advised that this deal does have an annual article cap. If the cap is reached, open access payments will be assessed on a case by case basis, according to funder mandates

 

American Physiological Society

The University has signed a transformative agreement with American Physiological Society, which provides unlimited open access in American Physiological Society's twelve hybrid journals for papers with a University of Cambridge corresponding author. This deal covers all article types and is in place from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2022

 

BioScientifica

The University has signed a transformative agreement with BioScientifica, which provides unlimited open access in BioScientifica's five hybrid journals for papers with a University of Cambridge corresponding author. This deal covers all article types and is in place from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2022.

 

Brill

The University has signed a transitional agreement with Brill which provides for unlimited open access publishing of research and review articles by University of Cambridge corresponding authors in participating journals. Articles must be published on or after 1 January 2020 to be eligible. Eligibility will be determined at the point of submission. This deal covers research and review articles. This deal is in place from from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2022.

 

Cambridge University Press

The University has signed a transitional agreement with Cambridge University Press to enable unlimited open access publishing of research, review, or rapid communication format articles by University of Cambridge corresponding authors in participating journals from 1 January 2020. This deal is in place until 31 December 2021.

 

European Respiratory Society

The University has a signed a transitional agreement with the European Respiratory Society for unlimited open access publishing for all research articles by University of Cambridge corresponding authors in the European Respiratory Journal, the flagship journal of the European Respiratory Society. This deal is in place from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2021.

 

Institute of Physics Publishing

The University has signed a transitional agreement with the Institute of Physics that provides unlimited open access publishing of research articles by University of Cambridge corresponding authors from 1 January 2020 in 45 of the IOPP hybrid journals. The remaining “partner-hybrid” journals published by IOPP are expected to join the agreement from the start of 2021. This deal is in place from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023.

 

 

Microbiology Society

The University has renewed the transitional agreement with the Microbiology Society for unlimited, immediate open access publishing for research papers and review articles, where the corresponding author is affiliated with the University of Cambridge. The deal is in place until 31 December 2022.

 

Oxford University Press

The University has signed a transitional agreement with Oxford University Press for open access publishing of research and review articles in all of OUP's participating journals for corresponding authors from the University of Cambridge. This is a 3 year agreement starting 1 January 2021 and is in place until 31 December 2023. For 2021 OUP guarantees the open access publication of all research and review articles. 2021 will be used as a year for gathering data on publishing to inform the development of the agreement for the remaining two years of its term. Research and review articles received by OUP and published between 1 January 2021 and the date of this agreement going live will be retrospectively converted to open access by OUP.

 

Portland Press/Biochemical Society

The University has renewed the transitional agreement with Portland Press for an uncapped number of open access articles for research papers and review articles with a corresponding author from the University of Cambridge, in all seven of of Portland Press' journals (five hybrid titles plus two full-OA journals). The deal is in place until 31 December 2022.

 

Public Library of Science (PLOS)

The University of Cambridge has signed up to both the PLOS Flat Fee agreement and the PLOS Community Action Publishing agreement. Both deals provide unlimited open access publishing for University of Cambridge affiliated authors. 

Open Access fees for University of Cambridge corresponding authors will be covered for the following journals: PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Climate, PLOS Water, and PLOS Global Public Health (via a flat fee agreement) and PLOS Medicine, PLOS Biology and PLOS Sustainability & Transformation (via the community action agreement). This deal is in place from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023.

 

Royal Society

The University has signed a transitional agreement with the Royal Society for an uncapped number of open access articles for research papers and review articles with a corresponding author from the University of Cambridge, in all ten of the Royal Society’s' journals (eight hybrid titles plus two full-OA journals). The Royal Society will apply the deal to unpublished papers that are in the review system between 1 January 2021 and the date of this agreement going live. This deal is in place from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2021.

 

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

The University has signed a transitional agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry. This agreement offers open access publishing in the RSC's hybrid journals for papers with a University of Cambridge corresponding author. The deal covers original research, review papers and communication papers. There is an annual cap, and a 15% discount for articles once the cap is reached. In addition, authors publishing in any of RSC's fully open access journals will receive a 15% discount on the open access publication fee. This deal is in place until from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2021.

 

SAGE

The University has signed a transitional agreement with SAGE for unlimited open access publishing in participating journals in SAGE's portfolio of hybrid journals for papers with a University of Cambridge corresponding author. The deal covers research papers and review articles and communication papers. This deal is in place from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2022.

In addition, authors publishing in any of SAGE's fully open access journals will receive a 20% discount on the open access publication fee.

 

Springer

The University subscribes to the Springer Compact agreement for effectively unlimited open access publishing for University of Cambridge corresponding authors in participating journals across Springer's portfolio. This agreement covers the following article types: Original Paper (also referred to as  to as Original Research, Original Article, or Research Paper), Review Paper,  Brief Communication, and Continuing Education. This agreement is in place from 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2021.

 

Taylor & Francis

The University has signed a transitional agreement with Taylor & Francis that provides immediate open access publishing for all research and review articles by University of Cambridge corresponding authors in participating hybrid journals across Taylor & Francis' Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Technology, and Medicine Collections. There is an annual funding cap in place for this agreement. This deal is in place from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023.

 

The Company of Biologists

The University has signed a transitional agreement with The Company of Biologists that provides unlimited, immediate open access publishing for all research and reviews articles by University of Cambridge corresponding authors in the Society’s three hybrid journals:

This deal is in place from from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2021.

 

Wiley

The University has signed a transitional agreement with Wiley for open access publishing for corresponding authors from the University of Cambridge in participating journals across Wiley's portfolio. There is an annual funding cap which progressively transitions to 100% open access publishing over the term of the agreement. This agreement is in place from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023. The deal covers research and review articles. 

The 2021 fund has been drawn down more quickly than initially projected and Wiley has confirmed that they will be introducing restrictions on 1st July, limiting the deal to papers that acknowledge funding from UKRI or former COAF members (Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Parkinson's UK and Versus Arthritis). The restrictions apply irrespective of when the paper was submitted. The Open Access team has a limited fund that will be used to assist authors of non-UKRI or former COAF funded papers, publishing in fully open access journals. Wiley have introduced a 25% discount for those authors who cannot be funded directly via an institution- please use the discount code KA6CA. 

 

Terms of the agreements

In each of these agreements all staff and students of the University may read journals published in the agreements and all researchers in the University may publish articles in the journals without incurring any article processing charge.

Identification as corresponding author

In order for your article submission to qualify as eligible under the agreements, you must be the responsible corresponding author and affiliated with the University of Cambridge.  In the article submission process you must identify yourself as affiliated with the University of Cambridge and/or you must use your @cam.ac.uk email address (or sub-domain in the format YourCRSid@xxxx.cam.ac.uk).

Please note the corresponding author is the author handling the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process and has authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and acts as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper.

If your article is not published open access, but you believe it should have been, please contact the Open Access Team immediately.

 

How to get help and further advice

For any enquiry about the information on this page or for help in the article submission process please contact the Open Access Team.

Last updated 23 April 2021